Veterinary Diets vs. Grocery/Pet Stores

Your veterinary team will often recommend feeding a diet sold exclusively through hospitals.The majority of our diets are designed specifically for different medical conditions.

These diets have gone through extensive food trials and have been proven to be beneficial in improving the health conditions of many pets.

Veterinary diets have a 100% guarantee – that means if your pet won’t eat the food or if it is not working out, you can return it for a refund. Grocery store brands don’t typically allow you to do this.

We have access to the veterinary food companies 24 hours a day. That means if we have a question about a medical case, or there are multiple health concerns for a pet, we can speak directly with a veterinarian on staff who specializes in nutrition. They can make recommendations on what diet would be best suited for a patient. You cannot get this from store-bought diets.

Many of our diets are considered a “prescription”. This means that it can have the same benefits of a medication, or in some cases can reduce the amount of medication needed. For example, Royal Canin’s Mobility Support diet has glucosamine, chondroitin, omega fatty acids and green lipped mussel powder – often no need for added supplements.

Veterinary diets use the highest quality of ingredients. All ingredients go through a vigorous quality control checklist to ensure only the best make it into the diet.

Finally, as a client, you have full access to all of our knowledgeable team members who can help answer any question you may have, make diet recommendations and can provide any support you may need. You cannot get this type of patient care with a store-bought diet.

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